Redlands has more than 26 miles of public trails, but who knew? When Redlands Conservancy signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Redlands in 2008 to manage the Heritage Trails, we needed a way to help Redlands’ residents and visitors learn about the urban and public trails. So we started a semi-annual series of trail excursions on Redlands’ public trails – Trails at 10. Why 10? All the events start at 10 AM.
Each April and each October, Conservancy volunteers organize three separate trail events, guiding enthusiasts to learn about the trails – long and short, fancy and rustic. Each event lasts about 2 hours, includes a brief talk about the trail, a guided hike, and a free lunch for the first 75 participants to sign up on Eventbrite – yes, there really is such a thing as a free lunch! In this case, the lunches are sponsored by a grant from Beaver Medical Group.
For a map and description of Redlands Heritage trails, click here.
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The 2018 spring season will take hikers to the Jacinto Loop Trail at Herngt ‘Aki’ Preserve, the newly-restored Bluffs Trail and Woolly Star Preserve area, and, hopefully, the first reach of the Zanja Trail and Greenway.
On April 7, at 10am (hence, Trails at 10), participants will gather at Oakmont Park and hike for 3.5 miles around the newly-restored Jacinto Loop Trail. This trail is on the eastern-most edge of the preserve, and has views of the east end of Live Oak Canyon, San Bernardino Peak, San Gorgonio Peak, and San Jacinto Peak. It traverses the land donated to the city by two owners, including Larry Jacinto.
“This hike will take participants to a beautiful area not otherwise accessible,” said Leonard. “Participants will see plentiful examples of native vegetation, and will enjoy a feeling of being in a somewhat remote area. They should be prepared to hike briskly for at least an hour.”
The April 14 hike will return participants to the Santa Ana River wash, according to Leonard. They will stage on Riverview Drive at the north end of Church St, and will enjoy the newly-renovated – by the neighborhood – Bluffs Trail before they hike into the wash and the Woolly Star Preserve area to possibly see the endangered plant, the woolly star.
“We have to obtain special permission from County Flood Control District and several other agencies to enter this area,” said Leonard. “We were able to do this hike last year, and the participants really enjoyed it. We strongly urge hikers to be prepared for a four mile round trip and please to not participate if they are the least bit doubtful about making the trip.”
If all goes well, the third hike on April 21 will take participants to the brand new Zanja Trail and Greenway which is under construction between Lincoln Avenue and Wabash Avenue. This is the first reach in the planned-for Zanja Trail and Greenway which will be a natural surface path along or near the historic Mill Creek Zanja. The project has been in the works for at least 10 years, and the Conservancy hopes it will be completed by October of 2019 from 7th St to Wabash.
“We will plan to make this hike on April 21, and if the trail and pocket park are not finished, we will re-schedule for a later date in the spring,” said Leonard. “It will be a real treat for hikers to see what will be another gem in Redlands’ Emerald Necklace.”